Very few sacrifices in chess are on the scale highlighted in the video below.
Clearance sacrifices aim to remove obstacles that stand in the way of an attacking piece. If this type of sacrifice is refused, there could be consequences for the defending side.
In the diagram position Black is to play.
How does he continue ? 👍 Play
😲 Video - White sacrifices all his pieces (7:47 min)
Black (to play) is still competitive but makes a game-ending blunder
😲 What was his move ? Play
* Some tips to avoid embarassing blunders:
The single most effective way for reducing the number of blunders in your games is double checking the moves. It may sound obvious, but surprisingly many players do not do that.
The second tip for avoiding blunders is asking “why” that move was played in a first place. Unless you are playing a complete beginner all his/her moves have purpose, a little idea the move is meant to accomplish. Your goal as a chess player is to figure out that idea.
Magnus Carlsen is not only successful because of his tremendous tactics calculating ability, middle game understanding and photographic memory. A big part of his success is due to superior understanding of endgame positions, something not very common to the younger generation of chess players. Often, even in dead equal positions Carlsen is able to squeeze out the win.